I tried ice fishing once, but it was a spur of the moment type of thing with a few friends, and none of us were prepared at all. Cut a hole in the ice with a kitchen knife and made a pole with a stick and a hook. Didn't catch anything, but had lots of fun shoving each other around on the ice.
I've always wanted to go on a proper ice fishing trip, but a) my friends don't want to and I don't want to go by myself, and b) ice fishing isn't exactly that great in Illinois. Of course ice has to form first around here. Only one snowfall of note so far this winter, and hasn't really been that cold until the last couple days. It's too bad Lake Michigan doesn't exactly freeze up, lol.